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July 25, 2011

Social work dual degree student receives fellowship for Uganda project

kaela picture.jpgKaela Glass, who is pursuing dual master's degrees in social work and public policy, has received a Walter H. Judd International Graduate & Professional Fellowship for a project in Uganda. She will intern with WellShare International in Uganda, focusing on a monitoring and evaluation project with a community initiative that serves orphans and adults living with HIV/AIDS. She also will undertake community organizing activities to increase education and communication around sexual and reproductive health. In addition, she will work with local partners to draft a child protection policy to allow WellShare to better protect children with HIV from economic and sexual exploitation.

The Judd fellowships are aimed at increasing opportunities for students to study, undertake internships, and conduct research projects abroad. They are designed to support the continued internationalization of the University of Minnesota by providing critical assistance to students enrolled in master's and professional degree programs. Glass will receive her master's in social work from the School of Social Work and her public policy degree from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

July 22, 2011

Transparency International appoints Chapman to expert panel for Global Corruption Report on Education

David ChapmanTransparency International has appointed David Chapman, Birkmaier Professor of Educational Leadership in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, to its Expert Advisory Panel for the Global Corruption Report on Education. Best known for its annual Corruption Perception Index, Transparency International is a highly acclaimed international organization devoted to promoting transparency in elections, public administration, procurement, and business. Working through its global network of more than 90 national chapters, it undertakes advocacy campaigns to lobby governments to implement anti-corruption reforms.

July 7, 2011

Alumnus honored with international leadership award

Imho BaeImho Bae has been named a 2011 recipient of the University of Minnesota Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals. Bae received his doctorate from the School of Social Work in 1991. He is a leader in the field of conflict resolution, an international scholar, and dean of the College of Social Sciences at Soongsil University. He is considered a pioneer in the field of social welfare, and is South Korea's best known scholar in the field of correctional welfare. In addition, he is known for his devotion to working for peace throughout the Korean Peninsula.

In naming Bae a recipient of the Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals, the selection committee cited his ongoing efforts as a teacher, scholar, and peacemaker. His continued behind-the-scenes efforts to push for additional reconciliation efforts between North and South Korea are a valuable contribution to global peacemaking efforts.

Read more about Bae's work.

June 29, 2011

Social Work professor recognized worldwide for peacemaking efforts

Mark UmbreitSchool of Social Work Professor Mark Umbreit is profiled in a University feature story on his life's work and commitment to teaching peace. Umbreit, the founding director of the Center for Restorative Justice and Peacemaking, is an internationally recognized scholar with more than 40 years of experience as a mediator, facilitator, trainer, and researcher who has spread his knowledge and training to address conflict in more than 25 countries. He has also written eight books and hundreds of articles on restorative justice, mediation, and peacemaking.

See the feature story for an in-depth look at the teaching, research, and professional collaborations of Umbreit locally, nationally, and abroad.

June 15, 2011

Leon shares exercise science expertise around the world

Arthur LeonArthur Leon, M.D., professor of exercise science in the School of Kinesiology, will be presenting at the International 21st Puijo Symposium to be held in Kuopio, Finland, June 29 to July 2. His invited paper is titled "Interaction of exercise and natural aging on the cardiovascular system of healthy adults." Leon has also had an article accepted for publication by the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine on the same topic. The article will be the centerpiece for a themed issue on Lifestyle Medicine and the Physiology of Aging. The journal representative said, "This is the best review that I have read on the physiology of exercise in aging individuals."

Last year Leon presented at the National Annual Meeting of the American Heart Association in Chicago, at the EPS Global International Cardiovascular Forum in Nha Trang, Vietnam, and at the 6th Annual International Conference on Kinesiology and Exercise Sciences in Athens, Greece.

June 7, 2011

Bigelow collaborates with English educators in Vietnam

BigelowM_180_2011.jpgMartha Bigelow, associate professor in the second languages and cultures program (Department of Curriculum and Instruction), was invited to Hanoi, Vietnam recently by the U.S. State Department and Hanoi University to work with six teams of English teacher educators on developing new courses for their undergraduate teacher education program.

For more information and photos, see the University of Languages and International Studies' blog story.

May 31, 2011

Thai education expert Fry delivers strong message on reforms

Gerald FryGerald Fry, professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), spoke about educational reforms at Thailand's Chulalongkorn University recently. His speech, covered in an article in The Nation, focused on the need to improve quality in Thailand's educational system, which he said has overemphasized infrastructure and underemphasized activities in the classroom.

Fry has traveled to Thailand more than 50 times, sometimes living there for years at a time, and has written several books and articles about Thailand. His 2005 book, Thailand and its neighbors: Interdisciplinary perspectives, is one of several he has written about Southeast Asia. He also has written articles about Thailand for the Harvard International Review and other publications. Fry was selected with OLPD professor David Chapman as a recipient of the University of Minnesota Award for Global Engagement in 2009.

April 8, 2011

The establishment of an attachment research network in Latin America

José Causadias, doctoral student at the Institute of Child Development, and Alan Sroufe, professor emeritus at ICD, recently published a paper in Attachment and Human Development reporting the creation of an attachment network, Red Iberoamericana de Apego: RIA (Iberian-American Attachment Network), in Latin America and the proceedings of its meeting and conference in Panama in February 2010. RIA was established due to pressing need for expanded attachment research programs and attachment informed interventions in Latin America. The purpose of RIA is to promote human development and well being, informed by attachment theory, centering on research, and with implications for public policies, education, and intervention. Causadias and Sroufe also discuss the future goals and challenges of the new organization. Read the article online:

April 5, 2011

Kinesiology student earns Fulbright Scholarship to study in Norway

Kristin Garland.jpgKristin Garland, master's degree student in sport management, has been named a prestigious Fulbright Scholar and is the 2011-12 winner of the University of Minnesota Graduate School's Fulbright Scholarship exchange program with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. Garland is advised by Eric Brownlee, lecturer in sport management.

Frode Moen, leader of the Olympic Training Center in Trondheim, has invited Garland to travel to Norway to examine the differences between the school-sponsored model of athletics and club cross-country ski teams, focusing on the experiences of elite skiers by evaluating the relationship between achievement and the integration of sport into the academic model. In addition, Garland will explore how collegiate athletic teams can provide greater support to international student-athletes, which would ensure a more meaningful experience and will hopefully encourage more international student-athletes to study abroad.

February 24, 2011

Faculty share expertise globally

Michael GohDavid ChapmanDavid Chapman, Birkmaier Professor of Educational Leadership in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, was a guest of the Japanese Ministry of Education to present a paper (with Jouko Sarvi, head of education work at the Asian Development Bank) at the International Symposium on Regional and Interregional Cooperation of Universities held at the University of Tokyo, February 17-18. Michael Goh, associate professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, was a visiting professor at the Center for Innovation Research in Cultural Intelligence and Leadership (CIRCQL), Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, February 13-20.

Chapman presented preliminary results of the Asian Development Bank's two-year study of higher education issues in Southeast and East Asia, for which he serves as team leader. Attending the conference was recent OLPD graduate Yuki Watabe, an assistant professor at Kyoto University in Japan.

Goh was invited to participate as an assessor and consultant for a cross-cultural situational role-play assessment center for MBA students who are future leaders in their respective countries. CIRCQL was founded by a U of M distinguished alumnus, professor Soon Ang (Carlson School of Management '93). Participants were from Cambodia, India, Pakistan, Australia, Germany, Singapore, Myanmar, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Philippines, and Kazakhstan. Goh, Ang, and associates are cultivating an interdisciplinary research agenda to develop cultural intelligence situational role play assessment centers to train culturally competent global leaders, counselors, psychologists, and teachers.

January 26, 2011

Best book of the year in international higher education

David ChapmanCrossing Borders in East Asian Higher Education--co-edited by David Chapman, Birkmaier Professor of Educational Leadership in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development; Gerry Postiglione (University of Hong Kong); and William Cummings (George Washington University)--has been selected as the best book of the year in international higher education by the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) for the 2009-10 academic year.

The award will be given out at the CIES Annual Meeting (May 1-5, 2011) in Montreal.

January 14, 2011

KARE 11 Extra featured Earthducation expedition launch

earthducation.jpgJanuary 13, 2011, KARE 11 Extra featured the launch of Earthducation's Expedition 1 to Burkina Faso, a land-locked country where the future will depend on the ability to provide a consistent supply of fresh water. Earthducation team members, led by Curriculum and Instruction's learning technologies' professors Aaron Doering and Charles Miller, are now in Burkina Faso, Africa.

Follow the Earthducation expedition on Twitter and for updates.

January 10, 2011

Fry to receive honorary doctorate from university in Thailand

Gerald FryGerald Fry, professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, will receive an honorary doctor of philosophy of education for locality development from Rajabhat Rajanagarindra University in Thailand.

Rajabhat Rajanagarindra University is home to a relatively new institute for quality teacher development where Professor Fry is a formal adviser and has done training over the past four years. He starts his sixth decade of work on Thailand, dating back to his Peace Corps teaching back in late 1960s.

Three of his former Thai students are now university presidents and two others are editors of Thailand's leading English and Thai language newspapers.

December 15, 2010

Furco presents at National Public Engagement Conference in London

Andrew FurcoAndrew Furco, Ed.D., associate professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development and associate vice president for public engagement in the Office for Public Engagement, gave a presentation at the United Kingdom's National Public Engagement Conference in London (Dec. 7-8, 2010). Engage 2010 is the NCCPE's first national conference focusing on the broad theme of why and how universities should engage with the public. The title of Furco's presentation was Community Engaged Learning: Institutional Development from a UK and USA Perspective, which he gave with Professor John Annette, pro vice master at the University of London.

November 30, 2010

Quast, Peterson present papers at Academy of Human Resource Development in China

Shari Peterson Louis Quast Louis Quast, Ph.D., Hellervik endowed chair, and Shari Peterson, Ph.D., assistant professor, both of the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, presented papers at the 9th International Conference of the Academy of Human Resource Development (Asia Chapter) on Workplace Learning and Sustainable Development for Individuals, Organizations, and Society in Shanghai, China (November 11-14, 2010). Lindsay Blumenshein, M.Ed. student in human resource development, also attended.

November 15, 2010

Goh presents keynote and workshop in Beijing

Michael GohMichael Goh, educational psychology associate professor, was the invited keynote speaker at the 2010 International Forum of College Student Career Planning, October 29 - November 2, in Beijing, China. The forum was organized by the China Ministry of Education. His keynote was titled "Developing Career Services For University Students in China." Goh also conducted a one-day workshop for 350 Chinese college student affairs counselors on career development skills for China in the 21st century.

Goh's interpreter for the forum was Gulan Zhong, a CEHD alum and a counseling and student personnel psychology graduate, who is a career development master trainer, mental health counselor, and author in China. Minnesota's presence at the forum was further pronounced by another workshop presenter, John Krumboltz, who is a CSPP alum, University of Minnesota Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, and currently a professor at Stanford University.

November 3, 2010

Avery addressed international audience in China

Pat AveryPat Avery (professor, social studies education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction), gave a keynote speech at the 2010 Beijing International Forum on Citizenship Education for Children and Youths in China on October 22. The title of the presentation was "Deliberating About Controversial Public Issues as Part of Civic Education."

Researchers, educators, and practitioners attending the conference exchanged perspectives, views, innovations, and best practices nationally and globally in addressing school-based Interventions for the promotion of citizenship education for children and youths of diverse cultural backgrounds.

October 5, 2010

Demerath presented invited paper at University of Cambridge

Peter DemerathPeter Demerath, Ed.D., associate professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), presented his paper, Decoding Success: The Culture of Personal Advancement in U.S. High Schools, at the Social Life of Achievement Workshop in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge on September 29, 2010.

September 30, 2010

Goh presents keynote address and workshop in Japan

Michael GohMichael Goh, educational psychology associate professor, was the invited keynote speaker for the 29th Annual Conference of the Japanese Association for Humanistic Psychology (JAHP) in Kumamoto, Japan, last month. JAHP is the largest association of clinical psychologists in Japan. His presentation was titled: "In Search of Mastery and Cultural Competence in Psychological Practice. Goh also presented a one-day workshop titled: "Cultural Intelligence and Intercultural Sensitivity: Skills for Psychotherapy and Education". The Japanese interpreter for the keynote and the workshop was Tatsuya Hirai (Educational Psychology/CSPP alum), who is currently a professor at Kyushu Sangyo University in Fukuoka, Japan.

September 14, 2010

Visitors from India study educational program evaluation methods

Jean KingThe Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute (MESI), headed by Professor Jean King, is hosting 19 visitors from India this week as part of an evaluation study tour. The visitors are high ranking government researchers charged with studying large educational programs across India. They are receiving training here at the University all week and will also meet with representatives from several college centers and visit schools in both the St. Paul and Anoka-Hennepin districts. The focus of study is practical program evaluation, particularly in school settings.

MESI is a collaboration of units across the University of Minnesota offering high quality training and professional development, and creating a professional community for evaluators across the world. The delegates from India--representing the states of Himachal Pradesh, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu--are faculty with The National Council of Educational Research and Training, a resource organization set up by the government of India with headquarters in New Delhi.

July 27, 2010

Romano leads University's Global Spotlight initiative

RomanoJ-2008.jpgJohn Romano, professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, will spearhead the University's Global Spotlight initiative for 2010-12 in the Office of International Programs (OIP). Appointed as the assistant vice president for international scholarship, a two-year rotating position, Romano will lead the University's international scholarly and academic agenda beginning Sept. 1, 2010.

The 2010-12 Global Spotlight focus will be on Latin America and the Caribbean and the pressing global issue of the impact of urbanization. OIP will sponsor symposia, conferences, lectures, films, and cultural events to address this topic and engage the entire University community in a variety of ways.

July 15, 2010

Anderson co-edits publication on international research collaboration

Melissa AndersonMelissa S. Anderson, professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, and Nicholas H. Steneck, director of the Research Ethics and Integrity Program of the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research, are the editors of a 2010 Routledge publication titled International Research Collaborations: Much to be Gained, Many Ways to Get in Trouble.

International Research Collaborations provides valuable insights to researchers who are collaborating or who intend to collaborate, as well as to administrators, funders, regulators, editors, and policy-makers involved in cross-national research.

Encouraged by their institutions and governments and aided by advances in technology and communication, researchers increasingly pursue international collaborations with high hopes for scientific breakthroughs, intellectual stimulation, access to research equipment and populations, and the satisfaction of global engagement. International Research Collaborations considers what can and does go wrong in cross-national research collaborations, and how scientists can avoid these problems in order to create and sustain productive, mutually-enriching partnerships.

Unfamiliar approaches to training, legal and regulatory complications, and differences in funding and administration pose challenges for collaboration that are then compounded by the need to satisfy the requirements of different research systems. To help today's international researchers create the best possible partnerships, chapters by funding officers, diplomats, attorneys, publishers, regulators, graduate students and postdocs, industry researchers, administrators, and scholars of responsible research address the following key trouble spots:

* How research is organized and funded
* The legal and normative environments of research
* Differences in regulation and oversight
* Variation in graduate education and postdoctoral training

June 30, 2010

School of Social Work students, faculty give presentations in Namibia

Elizabeth Lightfoot On the final day of the School of Social Work study tour to Namibia, 18 students and Associate Professor Liz Lightfoot gave presentations at the Namibia Social Workers Association Annual Meeting. The conference was held June 1 in the Windhoek Central Hospital, and was attended by social workers from diverse regions of Namibia.
The presentations included:
Associate Professor Liz Lightfoot: Keynote presentation: New trends in social work and technology: Possibilities for Namibia?
Sara Lien, Anna Vangsness & Annie Wells: Social development interventions: Micro loans and micro enterprise development
Christi Birkholz, Gina Kubits & KaoLee Thao: Volunteerism: Marketing, recruitment and training
Emma Rosenthal, Rebekah Pulju, & Angela Lewis-Dmello: Domestic violence and community based programming in the United States: Creating change through group therapy
Megan Fatheree & Laura Svoboda: Leadership
Kristina VanDyke, Justin Adamek & Lindsey Rice: Social Marketing
Rachel Rohlfing, Eric Thibodeau & Naomi Ward: Social Entrepreneurship
For more information about the study tour of Namibia, visit the trip blog.

June 21, 2010

Social work alumnus receives Distinguished Leadership Award

Tan-Ngoh-Tiong.jpgThe University of Minnesota's Office of International Programs named Ngoh-Tiong Tan (Ph.D., Social Work, '88) as a recipient of the Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals. The award is for alumni, former students, and friends of the University who have distinguished themselves in their post-university work as leaders in their professional careers.

Tan is a leading social work scholar in the Asia-Pacific region. Since his return to Singapore in 1988, he has held a tenured faculty position at two Singaporean universities and one American university as well as numerous leadership positions in Asian and international social work organizations. He is currently the dean of the School of Human Development and Social Services at Singapore Institute of Management University in Singapore. Read more about Tan's career and see his story in Connect.

May 20, 2010

Doctoral student recognized for excellence in UMNews story

Phebe jatau.jpgDoctoral candidate Phebe Veronica Jatau is one of four students highlighted in a UMNews story on research by recipients of the Graduate School's 2009-10 Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships. Her research focuses on high school dropout rates among northern Nigerian women and the gender gap and inequities that pervade the educational system. Jatau is in the literacy education track in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

Jatau is also featured in a University video called "Dissertations in one minute or less."

Faculty expert on Thailand speaks about current crisis

Gerald FryGerald Fry, professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, was interviewed recently about the current conflict in Thailand by MinnPost. Fry, who was selected with colleague David Chapman as a recipient of the 2009 Award for Global Engagement, has traveled to Thailand more than 50 times and has written several books and articles about Thailand. Fry was planning to lead a group of 19 University of Minnesota students to Thailand this week, but the trip was canceled because of the violence erupting in Bangkok.

May 19, 2010

Kinesiology faculty blog from Uganda soccer coach training program

Jens OmliDiane M. Wiese-BjornstalStacy IngrahamJens Omli, Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, and Stacy Ingraham of the School of Kinesiology, University of Minnesota; former Gopher soccer player and Arkansas State assistant soccer coach Lisa Berg, Macalester College soccer coach Ian Barker; University of Northern Illinois soccer coach Carrie Barker; and Wheaton College soccer coach Michael Guiliano are blogging from Africa as they deliver a youth soccer coaching education program to over 160 men and women coaches from across Uganda. Check out their blog.

May 18, 2010

Graduate students study social development in Namibia

Elizabeth LightfootLiz Lightfoot, associate professor in the School of Social Work, is leading a study tour in Namibia from May 17 to June 2. The group members, who include 18 graduate students, will post their activities on this blog .

The group will visit with Namibian social workers in governmental and nongovernmental organizations working in the area of social development, and will visit social development projects run by local people in rural areas. The trip also will include viewing Namibia's famed wildlife at Etosha National Park, visiting Swakopmund—the Adventure Capital of Africa—and camping in a Bushman camp.

April 15, 2010

CARE grant fosters grad. student research

Eighteen graduate students from the comparative and international developmental education program in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD) are learning from a unique opportunity to conduct research alongside faculty in such countries as Bangladesh, Cambodia, Honduras, and Malawi. Their experiences are part of a partnership between the college, CARE USA, and CARE's partners in eight developing countries.

Honduran school children The college is in the final year of an initial $1.1 million grant from CARE. OLPD assistant professor Joan DeJaeghere and Christopher Johnstone, the college's director of international initiatives and relations, are co-principal investigators. OLPD faculty members Fran Vavrus and David Chapman also lead research teams in some of the countries.

Find out more about these unique research partnerships in the Community section of Connect.

April 13, 2010

Connecting statistics educators on a local and international level

Joan GarfieldJoan Garfield, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Educational Psychology has been a catalyst in the local and international community of statistics education. In collaboration with other educators, she has founded journals, international forums, and local professional networking opportunities for educators with the aim of reducing the isolation that statistics educators often experience in their work and research.

One of Garfield's local community engagements is with Stat Chat , a monthly gathering she and two professors from Macalester and St. Olaf College established five years ago for prospective and current teachers of college-level statistics in high schools and technical and two-year colleges in the greater Twin Cities. At each meeting, participants build a sense of community while raising their awareness of key issues and guidelines in teaching statistics.

In addition to this involvement, Garfield has co-chaired the International Research Forum on Statistical Reasoning, Thinking and Literacy (SRTL) for the past decade. SRTL is an international forum of statisticians who focus on how people reason and think about statistics. Every two years, SRTL participants meet in a different country for a week to share their research at greater length and give and receive peer feedback. The forum is limited to approximately 24 participants, a mix of senior and new researchers. It is a self-supporting gathering, funded through the publication of their conference proceedings. According to Garfield these meetings have been tremendously generative and she is hopeful that they will continue to connect educators often segregated within their different professional communities.

April 12, 2010

Alumni Society celebrates 2010 honorees

The College of Education and Human Development Alumni Society hosted its 43rd annual Alumni Society Awards Celebration on Friday, April 9, at the McNamara Alumni Center. Congratulations to the following alumni and faculty who were honored at this year's celebration.

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Distinguished International Alumni Award
Sung-Kyung Yoo (Educational Psychology)

Larry Wilson Award
Donna Tilsner (School of Kinesiology and General College)

William E. Gardner PreK-12 Outstanding Educator Award
Natalie Rasmussen (Curriculum & Instruction)

UCEA 2010 Excellence in Educational Leadership Award
Barry Kamrath (Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development)

Robert H. Beck Faculty Teaching Award
Tai Mendenhall (Family Social Science)

Gordon M. A. Mork Outstanding Educator Award
Lynn Jermal (Curriculum & Instruction)

Emerging Leader Award
Amelia Franck Meyer (School of Social Work)

Ph.D. student Chiteng Kot receives doctoral fellowship for international research

Felly Chiteng Kot, Ph.D. student in higher education in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, is the recipient of a doctoral fellowship for international research from the Office of International Programs. Chiteng Kot's research focuses on international partnerships of the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania and the University of Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

April 6, 2010

Continuation of the Twin Cities Zambia Disability Connection project

Amy Hewitt, Ph.D., senior research associate and interdisciplinary training director, and Matthew Bogenschutz, research fellow, both at the Institute on Community Integration anticipate the May arrival of a group from Zambia as a continuation of the Twin Cities Zambia Disability Connection project. Hewitt and Bogenschutz are two members of a group from the Institute on Community Integration involved in this grassroots project to build capacity to support children with disabilities and their families in Zambia where there is no social service structure in place to support people with disabilities.

Since the project began in 2007, Hewitt has seen funding come together that has enabled University faculty and students to travel to Zambia to promote understanding of disabilities and assist in the networking of care providers across the country. Hewitt notes that the high energy surrounding this project despite the low-level of funding is indicative of the commitment and passion people have for this project.

Last summer Bogenschutz was part of a group that traveled to Zambia. The goal of the trip was to raise awareness of disabilities at a community level and provide further training and encouragement to existing care providers. Bogenschutz believes that the support offered by the team in Zambia was a solid starting point for future development.

Hewitt parallels Zambia with the U.S. half a century ago when disabilities were linked to feelings of pity and shame. This project aims to guide communities to the arena of social justice where people with disabilities are not hidden, but included as partners within their community.

March 30, 2010

Integral role given to participatory education

This semester, Robert Shumer, Ph.D., lecturer in the department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development is teaching a seminar titled Youth Participatory Evaluation for the Youth Development Leadership program. In this class, he focuses on youth-led evaluation as a function of youth development, specifically participatory evaluation.

For Shumer, civic engagement is not an unfamiliar topic. Since 1969, when he began teaching, he has been blending theory and the practice of youth leadership. His teaching is based on the conviction that service should be a central feature of democratic institutions.

Starting as a high school teacher and continuing on as a vocational education instructor, Shumer developed curriculum aimed to connect students with their communities through service and career interest. Over the years, he came to recognize the need for training of youth leaders and the role youth participatory evaluation played in producing high quality service and educational programs.

When Shumer arrived at the University in 1992, he was one of the individuals involved in the establishment of the Youth Development Leadership program and the University's National Service-Learning Cooperative Clearinghouse which he directed from 1994-2001.

In recent years, Shumer has become more involved internationally. In Singapore, he delivered keynote addresses on youth development at two national conferences, conducted an evaluation of a teacher education program, and has since been working on the development of a partnership between the University of Minnesota and Singapore's National Institute of Education at Nanyang University.

March 24, 2010

Mestenhauser receives award for innovative international research and scholarship

Josef MestenhauserJosef Mestenhauser, Ph.D., professor emeritus of comparative and international development education in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, is the recipient of a new award by the National Association of Foreign Student Advisers' (NAFSA) Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (TLS) Knowledge Community honoring research excellence. The Award for Innovative Research and Scholarship in Internationalization will be given for the first time by TLS at the 2010 NAFSA Annual Conference in Kansas City (May 30-June 4). Professor emeritus Mestenhauser was the former NAFSA president from 1987-88.

March 18, 2010

International exchange program hosts Ugandan soccer coaches

Flag_of_UgandaLike music and art, sports is a universal language. A unique opportunity for sports to bring people together across continents will take place in the Twin Cities from March 22-March 30, when four Ugandan soccer (football) coaches will travel to Minneapolis to work with partners from the University of Minnesota and Macalester College to learn advanced coach training and collaborate on a new coaching curriculum to take back to children and youth soccer players in Uganda.

The week-long coaching program is part of an exchange program through the International Sport Connection (ISC), a partnership of University of Minnesota educators in Kinesiology and the Institute of Child Development, a former Gopher soccer player, the Macalester College Men's Soccer head coach, and the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA). Funded by an International Sports Programming Initiative grant from the SportsUnited Division of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, the ISC will help Ugandan coaches prepare their young players for future responsibilities along with teaching soccer skills and promoting community development. The visiting Ugandan coaches will engage in a core training of coaching techniques and observation sessions held around the Twin Cities, led by Dr. Jens Omli, Institute of Child Development; Dr. Diane Wiese-Bjornstal and Dr. Stacy Ingraham, School of Kinesiology; Lisa Berg, former Gopher Soccer player; and Ian Barker, Men's Soccer head coach at Macalester College.

The coach-training program is modeled after a style of coaching that Dr. Omli, then a Kinesiology Ph.D. student, studied three years ago when he visited Uganda on an Eloise Jaeger Scholarship. He spent time with Ugandan soccer coach Stone Kyambadde and his Wolves Football Program in Kampala, Uganda, observing how Coach Stone mentored his players and taught them both life and soccer skills. Coach Stone has successfully used his methods with children from difficult backgrounds for the past 25 years. He sums up his philosophy this way: "Some of these boys will grow up and earn a living playing football, some will be painters, but all of them will be husbands. What kind of husbands will they be? That is what I am concerned with."

In May, the Minnesota educators will travel to Kampala, Uganda to collaborate with FUFA in educating 160 coaches in teaching, training, managing, and mentoring. These coaches will in turn pass along their new skills to at least seven coaches in their districts. The objective of the ISC program over the next two years is to train over 2,500 Ugandan soccer coaches, who will ultimately mentor over 50,000 young people in life skills while teaching them how to play and compete in soccer.

"We are using soccer to bring nations and communities together," Dr. Omli explained. "Why soccer? Because in East Africa, a soccer ball is a powerful magnate, which attracts children to a place where they can receive consistent contact with caring adult mentors. Why train coaches? Because as the leader of a soccer team, coaches have an opportunity to teach skills and strategies that will prepare children for future responsibilities that they will face, on and off of the field. And this is as true here in the Twin Cities as it is in Uganda."

February 19, 2010

On a roll: programming for soccer coaches in Uganda

JensOmli.jpgJens Omli, a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute of Child Development, is building on the understanding of sports psychology he gained during his doctoral program in kinesiology and his understanding of child development gained as a postdoctoral student at the Institute of Child Development, to coordinate the training of more than 2,000 soccer coaches in Uganda.

The International Sport Connection Soccer Coach Education program that Omli and Kinesiology associate professor Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, developed, has received a two-year $212,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs in support of international diplomacy and outreach.

Omli, who is mentored by professors Dante Cicchetti and Nicki Crick, will be working with the Federation of Uganda Football Associations to promote a style of coaching already successfully used by Ugandan soccer coach Stone Kyambadde with his Wolves Football Program that serves young players who have grown up on the streets in Kampala, Uganda.

When Omli first traveled on a project to Uganda three years ago on a Eloise Jaegger Scholarship, he spent time with the Wolves and observed first-hand the way Kymbadde mentored players and taught them both life and soccer skills. The training Omli developed is modeled after what Kymbadde has done with his teams of players over the past 25 years. Omli will travel to Uganda this summer along with Wiese-Bjornstal and Stacy Ingraham, coordinator of the coaching program in the School of Kinesiology, to launch the coach-training program.

Omli says in Uganda organizations often fail, but good ideas spread like wildfire. He is confident the ideas promoted in the training will take hold in Uganda and hopes that the network of coaches can be expanded to neighboring African countries and urban areas within the United States.

February 16, 2010

Thailand institute awards honorary Ph.D. to professor emeritus

Gary McLeanGary N. McLean, Ed.D., professor emeritus in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, and now senior professor and executive director of international human resource development in the Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development in the College of Education and Human Development, Texas A&M University, received an honorary Ph.D. in human resource development from the National Institute for Development Administration (NIDA) in Bangkok, Thailand, on January 6, 2010.

The degree was bestowed by Her Royal Highness, the Crown Princess Sirindhorn of Thailand during NIDA's regular graduation ceremony. Approximately 2,000 masters and Ph.D. degrees were conferred during the ceremony. One other honorary Ph.D. was awarded in public administration.

The degree was awarded in recognition of McLean's 20+ years of involvement in human resource development in Thailand, including input into the development of two Ph.D. programs and teaching in a third, collaborative research and publications with Thai professors, and involvement in development activities at the local level in villages and temples.

McLean retired from the University of Minnesota in 2007, after 39 years. He continues to advise masters and doctoral students in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development.

February 10, 2010

Buysse to visit Dominican Republic, develop new course on globalization of sport

Jo Ann BuysseJo Ann Buysse, Ph.D., education specialist and Tucker Center affiliate, recently received a travel grant to go to the Dominican Republic in March. She will be meeting with sport professionals and arranging site visits for a new learning abroad course on sport, globalization, and human capital. The Minnesota Twins Baseball Academy in Boca Chica and the Dominican Sports and Education Association in Santo Domingo are two of the locations Buysse will visit as part of her grant.

February 8, 2010

First annual meeting of the Ibero-American Network on Attachment to be held February 25-28 in Panama

The first annual meeting of the Ibero-American Network on Attachment (Red Iberoamericana de Apego [RIA]) will be held February 25-28, 2010, in Panama City, Panama. More than twenty researchers and clinicians from nine countries will be presenting at lectures, panel discussions and workshops addressing advances in attachment theory and techniques of assessment and intervention. Alan Sroufe, PhD, professor at the Institute of Child Development, Elizabeth Carlson, PhD, director of Harris Programs at the Center for Early Education and Development (CEED), and Jose Causadias, doctoral student in the Institute of Child Development, will all be presenting at the meeting. The Institute of Child Development is proud to be involved in this first-ever meeting of RIA. More information and registration can be found at:

January 11, 2010

Chapman and Fry receive Award for Global Engagement

Gerry FryDavid ChapmanDavid Chapman, Ph.D., and Gerry Fry, Ph.D., professors in the Department of
Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD)
, have been selected
as recipients of the 2009 Award for Global Engagement, a prestigious honor
by the Office of International Programs at the University of Minnesota. Both have contributed in numerous ways to support global education and international programs at the University of Minnesota and in the context of OLPD's graduate programs, and in particular in Comparative and International
Development Education
. Information about the award ceremony will be

December 17, 2009

Vavrus publishes book on comparative education

Frances VavrusFrances Vavrus, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, has published a new book, Critical Approaches to Comparative Education: Vertical Case Studies from Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).

Co-edited with Lesley Bartlett, a professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, it is considered a "must read" for researchers in the field of comparative and international development education, including those working primarily in the United States. The book unites a dynamic group of scholars who examine the appropriation of educational policies and programs across diverse regions; the concepts of 'participation' and 'sustainability' in international development discourse; the political economy of 'diversity'; and education in post-conflict settings. Using vertical case studies and multi-sited ethnographies, the authors encourage new ways of thinking about comparative educational policy and practice, from the U.S. to Ireland, Tanzania to Liberia, Brazil to Peru, Pakistan to Lebanon.

November 5, 2009

Experts from eight countries to present education initiatives for marginalized youth

As part of an ongoing partnership between the University of Minnesota and CARE-USA, one of the world's leading humanitarian organizations, 20 representatives from eight CARE countries will visit the U of M campus for an open-to-the-public research workshop Nov. 9 from 3:30 - 5 p.m. in the University International Center, 331 17th Avenue S.E., Minneapolis.

The public is invited to learn more about CARE education partnerships (including the U of M research partnership) for marginalized youth in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ghana, Honduras, India, Malawi, Mali and Tanzania, and to meet these international guests. More information

HND-2006-JL-054.jpgThe University of Minnesota College of Education and Development and its private partner Miske Witt & Associates are in the middle of a two-and-a-half year, $1.1 million dollar grant as part of CARE's Patsy Collins Trust Fund Initiative. Through this $20 million, 20-year endowment, CARE is building ongoing partnerships in eight countries where they are working to improve educational access and quality for marginalized children--especially girls. The focus is on rights to, within and through education.

University of Minnesota faculty are providing critical support for in-country partners to document and measure how culturally relevant programs are helping girls realize their right to education and empowerment. The CARE Research Partnership for Girls' Education involves co-principal investigators, Joan DeJaeghere, assistant professor, Chris Johnstone, director of CEHD international initiatives and relations, and professors David Chapman and Fran Vavrus, along with 18 graduate students from the College of Education and Human Development.

While at the University of Minnesota, the CARE country partners will attend a five-day workshop on how to measure and evaluate the effectiveness of their educational efforts. Changu Mannathoko, UNICEF senior education adviser, will be the keynote speaker at a Nov. 13 reception for invited guests. U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) will also speak at the event.

October 30, 2009

CEHD included in $185M USAID grant

Experts from the College of Education and Human Development will join colleagues from five other colleges across the University to help developing countries better respond to emerging animal diseases that pose a threat to human health.

The University of Minnesota is part of a multidisciplinary team that will implement a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) cooperative agreement with funding up to $185 million.

The project, called RESPOND, is one of five that will work together to pre-empt or combat the first stages of emerging zoonotic pandemics--diseases that can spread between animals and humans.

Faculty and graduate students from CEHD will provide monitoring and evaluation of training activities, provided by University experts and partners, with animal and health care workers in potential hot spots (likely located in Southeast Asia, the Congo Basin, and the Amazon Basin).ChapmanD-2009 Web.jpg

"We are honored to be part of the University of Minnesota partnership with USAID," says professor David W. Chapman from the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, who is the primary college liaison on the partnership. "The project is an important piece of the United States' effort to help combat animal-born diseases that could lead to pandemics."

Faculty from the College of Veterinary Medicine, the School of Public Health, the School of Nursing, the Medical School, the College of Education and Human Development, and College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resources Sciences, will be tasked with improving the ability of countries to recognize and respond to new epidemics in areas where ecological relationships - between humans, animals, and the environment - are unstable. Over the course of the five-year project, the RESPOND team will work to improve the training and response capacity for zoonotic disease outbreak identification, investigation, analysis, and control within countries and regions; strive to improve the coordination among public and private interests involved in an outbreak; support in-country outbreak response activities; and introduce new technologies to help improve a country's response to an outbreak.

The College of Veterinary Medicine's new Ecosystem Health program, National Center for Food Protection and Defense, and Center for Animal Health and Food Safety were instrumental in obtaining funds to join RESPOND.

"We are increasingly aware that our health depends on the health of livestock, wildlife, and the environment." said Katey Pelican, head of the Ecosystem Health program, who championed the University's proposal to join the RESPOND team. "Nowhere is this clearer than in the increasing number of diseases that are emerging from animal populations as environmental degradation forces more interactions between wildlife, livestock, and humans. The RESPOND program will provide the University of Minnesota the opportunity to use its unique ability to work across animal and human health disciplines to improve global response to these life threatening outbreaks."

Although members of the RESPOND team will be dealing with diseases that don't yet exist, examples of similar diseases they might try to prevent include SARS, Ebola, and avian influenza.

"As the founder of the Congressional Global Health Caucus, I applaud USAID for recognizing the critical need to address emerging illnesses from a global perspective and to better understand the intersection of human and animal health," said Minnesota Rep. Betty McCollum. "The University of Minnesota uniquely brings together the multiple disciplines and experience needed to meet this challenge.

John Deen, associate professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine, will be the director of the project at the University of Minnesota.

October 26, 2009

Learning Abroad: Northern Ireland

northern-ireland.jpgThe School of Social Work is offering a learning abroad opportunity. If you are interested, please come to one of our information sessions:

Monday, Nov 2 @ 12:45-1:15PM in Undergrad Lounge in Peters Hall.

Tuesday, Nov 3 @ 2:30-3PM in Undergrad Lounge in Peters Hall.

For more information, contact: Ross Velure Roholt 612-624-8785

October 21, 2009

Inaugural Josef A. Mestenhauser Lecture on Internationalizing Higher Education

Josef A. MestenhauserThe Office of International Programs, in co-sponsorship with the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, is pleased to announce the creation of the Josef A. Mestenhauser Lecture Series on Internationalizing Higher Education. The annual lecture will provide an academic forum in which scholars from around the world will be invited to present thought-provoking scholarship on the internationalization of higher education.

Appropriately, Dr. Mestenhauser will be the featured speaker at the first lecture. Mestenhauser, professor emeritus in the College of Education and Human Development, has devoted has career to international education as teacher, researcher, administrator, counselor, and consultant.

We hope you will be able to join us to honor Dr. Mestenhauser and to hear his insights on the past, present and future of internationalization of higher education. The details are as follows:

Wednesday, October 28, 2009
2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Lecture and Discussion
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Reception

Please RSVP by Monday, Oct. 26, to 612-626-8832 or

Cowles Auditorium and Atrium
Humphrey Center
301 19th Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55455

October 14, 2009

Ardichvili receives 4-year grant for FIPSE/Brazil student exchange program

Alexandre ArdichviliAlexandre Ardichvili, Ph.D., associate professor in Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, received a 4-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education under the FIPSE/Brazil program called Global Talent Development for Sustainable Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.

The program involves a partnership between the University of Minnesota, the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, the University of Sao Paulo (USP), and the University of Brasilia (UnB) that focuses on undergraduate and graduate student exchange and faculty research opportunities.

FIPSE provides scholarships for U.S. students going to Brazil for semester-long stays at USP or UnB.

Associate professors, Edgard Cornachione (USP) and Alexandre Ardichili (OLPD), will give a presentation on HRD in Brazil and the UMN/USP FIPSE exchange program on October 23, 2009 from 12:00-1:30 pm in 250 Wulling Hall.

September 25, 2009

Iraqi visitors to present at Water for Peace symposium, Sept. 30

Experts and community leaders from the University of Kufa, located in Najaf, Iraq, will join University of Minnesota faculty for a symposium on the importance of clean water for health, education, and public life. The public symposium, titled Water for Peace: An Iraqi-U.S. Partnership, will be held Wednesday, Sept. 30 from 2-4:30 p.m. in Room 64 of the University of Minnesota Biological Sciences Building, 1455 Gortner Ave., St. Paul.

This program brings together a multi-disciplinary panel of speakers to discuss the impact of clean water on many dimensions of civic life and how a bilateral community organizing effort can mobilize citizens to impact community health issues. The panel will be followed by small group discussions with Iraqi community leaders.

A delegation of 12 Iraqi scholars and civic leaders arrived in Minnesota Sept. 12 for the first official exchange in a new sister city relationship between Najaf and Minneapolis. The University has played a vital role in the ongoing partnership and future collaborations are expected. The Iraqis have spent their time in Minnesota exploring opportunities for future partnerships with faculty at the U of M and seeing sights around the Twin Cities and the state.

According to a recent report by the United Nations, lack of access to clean water poses a significant threat to the health of Iraqi children. In the province of Najaf, 100 miles south of Baghdad, a unique partnership has developed to help meet the challenge of providing clean water at schools, hospitals, and clinics. An Iraqi NGO, the Muslim Peacemaker Teams, has partnered with a Minnesota non-profit, the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project, to install water filtration systems in important public sites in Najaf.

The Water for Peace symposium is sponsored by the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project, the Muslim Peacemaker Teams, and U of M's Department of Family Social Science, College of Education and Human Development and Office of International Programs.

August 6, 2009

University of Johannesburg faculty members visit CEHD

University of Johannesburg faculty members visited College of Education and Human Development faculty and staff from July 15-17. The visit was intended to link faculty and staff of the two institutions around University of Johannesburg's Soweto education initiative, in which UJ will build, staff, conduct research, and undertake community outreach in a new model school located on its Soweto campus.

Pictured (left to right): Kakoma Luneta, UJ Mathematics Education; Lara Ragpot, UJ Educational Psychology; UJ Dean Sarah Gravett; and Scott McConnell, CEHD Educational Psychology.